BROWNSBURG, Ind. (April 16, 2015) – A group in Hendricks County wants to expand a trail system in the area. The B & O Trail Association started working on this project in the 1990’s. Now, they need to raise around $100,000 before July to keep the trail growing.
The association now owns 19 of the 19.5 miles of the former Hendricks County Railroad area. They turned to federal grants and stimulus money to create safe spaces for runners and joggers. There are also benches, flowers and murals that adorn the trail. The goal is to expand the trail two miles west and add a parking area for trail users.
The association president said she sees people of all ages enjoying the trail.
“We’ve seen little kids with little wheels riding their bikes and we have seen people with the strollers,” said Diana Virgil. “Just people who want to be safe. So that’s why, this is a safe place to ride. They only have a few road crossings.”
There are signs along the trail that state “More to Come.” Virgil said there is demand for this sort of trail in the area. Some residents even noticed an increase in their property value, according to Virgil.
“I think that we would really benefit from this,” said David Allender, who uses the trail regularly. “Obviously the Monon and places like that are beneficial to the other areas, and I think this is going to help this area also. If it goes all the way out to Brownsburg or all the way into Speedway that would be great.”
To learn more, visit http://www.botrail.org.